Dr. George Weisz

Office: 3647 Peel St., Room 201GWeiszOctPic
Phone: 398-6274
Email: george.weisz [at] mcgill.ca

 

Biography

George Weisz is the Cotton-Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine. He received a PhD in History from Stony Brook University and in Sociology from the University of Paris 5 (Descartes). He is interested in healthcare in Europe and North America between the 19th and 21st centuries. His two most recent books are Chronic Disease in the Twentieth Century: A History (2014) and Divide and Conquer: A Comparative History of Medical Specialization, 1830-1950 (2006). He has also written books about the creation of French universities during the Third Republic and the Paris Academy of Medicine in the 19th century. He has edited five collective volume including The History and Sociology of Quantification in Medicine (2006) and Greater than the Parts: Holism in Biomedicine 1920-1950 (1998). He has written articles on mineral waters, national differences in gynecological practices, and efforts at international standardization notably through practice guidelines. He is currently working on institutions of global health, national and international efforts to organize effective primary care, and trends in medical education. He has been a Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin) and the Université de Paris 1 (Sorbonne) and INSERM (Paris). In 1998 he obtained the Burroughs Wellcome Fund 40th Anniversary Career Award in the History of Medicine and Science. In 2013 he received the American Journal Of Public Health's 2012 Paper of the Year Award.

 

Publications

BOOKS

2014 Chronic Disease in the Twentieth Century: A History, Johns Hopkins University Press.

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2008 Healing the World's Children: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health in the Twentieth Century, edited with Cynthia Comacchio and Janet Golden, McGill-Queens Press.

2006 Divide and Conquer: A Comparative History of Medical Specialization, Oxford University Press.
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2005 Body Counts: Medical Quantification in Historical and Sociological Perspectives // Perspectives historiques et sociologiques sur la quantification médicale, edited with Gérard Jorland and Annick Opinel, McGill-Queens Press.
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1998 Greater than the Parts: Holism in Biomedicine 1920-1950, edited with Chris Lawrence, Oxford University Press.

1995 The Medical Mandarins: The French Academy of Medicine in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Oxford University Press.

1990 Social Science Perspectives on Medical Ethics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1990. (The paperback edition appeared in 1991, University of Pennsylvania Press.)

1983 The Emergence of Modern Universities in France, 1863 1914, Princeton University Press, 1983, Paperback edition 1986. Reissued in Princeton Legacy Series 2014.

1980 The Organization of Science and Technology in France, 1808 1914, edited with Robert Fox. Cambridge University Press.

ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

2017; Mapping Global Health: A network analysis of a heterogeneous publication domainBioSocieties, 1-23. With Cambrosio, A. & Cointet, JP. 

2015 ; The World Health Organization and the Globalization of Chronic Noncommunicable Disease, Population and Development Revue 41. 507-532

2015 ; Les Richets: une dynastie familiale, IN Charles Richet (1850-1935), ed. Jérôme van Wijland, Presses universitaires de Rennes 

2015 ; How should we treat chronic diseases? Agenda - World Economic Forum, Mar 12, 2015

2014 ; The Ongoing Tension: Clinical Practice and Clinical Research in The Institution of Science and the Science of Institutions: The Legacy of Joseph Ben-David, ed. Marcel Herbst, Springer 2014. Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science Volume 302. 

2013 ; Medical Genetics at McGill: The History of a Pioneering Research GroupCanadian Bulletin for the History of Medicine, 30, 31-54

2011; Historical Reflections on Medical Travel in Anthropology and Medicine, 18(1), 137 -144.

2011; Epidemiology and Health-Care Reform: The National Health Survey of 1935-1936 in American Journal of Public Health, 101(3):438-447.

2010 The Theory of Epidemiologic Transition: The Origins of a Citation Classic with J. Olszynko-Gryn in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 65 (2010), 287-326.

2009 Diagnosing and Treating Premenstrual Syndrome in Five Western Nations with Loes Knaapen in Social Science and Medicine 68 (2009), 1498–1505.

2008 The Biomedical Standardization of Premenstrual Syndrome with Loes Knaapen in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 39 (2008), 120–134.

2007 The Emergence of Clinical Guidelines with A. Cambrosio, P. Keating, T. Schlich and L. Knaapen, V. Tournay, in The Milbank Quarterly 75(2007), 691–727.

2006 " Making Medical History ," in Bulletin of the History of Medicine 80(2006), 153-159.

2005 " From Clinical Counting to Evidence-Based Medicine ," in Body Counts: Medical Quantification in Historical and Sociological Perspectives // Perspectives historiques et sociologiques sur la quantification médicale, edited with Gérard Jorland and Annick Opinel, McGill-Queens Press.

2005 " Introduction: Who Counts? ," with Gérard Jorland in Body Counts: Medical Quantification in Historical and Sociological Perspectives // Perspectives historiques et sociologiques sur la quantification médicale, edited with Gérard Jorland and Annick Opinel, McGill-Queens Press.

2005 " Naissance de la spécialisation médicale dans le monde germanophone ," Actes de la recherche en science sociales, Numéro 156-157, Mars 2005, pp. 37-51.

2005 " French Hormones: Progestins and Therapeutic Variation in France ," with Ilana Löwy in Social Science and Medicine.

2003 " The Emergence of Medical Specialization in the Nineteenth Century ," in Bulletin of the History of Medicine 77, 636-575.

2002 "Le Thermalisme en France au XXe siècle," Revue médecine/sciences.

2002 "Specialist Regulation in France during the First Half of the Twentieth-Century," Social History of Medicine 15, (no. 2).

2001 " Spas, Mineral Waters and Hydrological Science in Twentieth-Century France ," Isis 92, (no. 3), 451-483.

2001 "Hippocrates, Holism and Humanism in Interwar France," in Reinventing Hippocrates, ed., David Cantor, Ashgate, pp. 257-279.

2001 "Reconstructing Paris Medicine," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 75, 105-119.

1999 "Stations thermales et eaux minérales dans la France du XXe siècle," in Olivier Faure, ed., Les Thérapeutiques: Savoirs et Usages, Collections Fondation Mérieux, pp.285-301.

1998 "A Moment of Synthesis: Holism in Inter-war France" in C. Lawrence and G. Weisz, eds., Greater than the Parts: Holism in Biomedicine 1920-1950, Oxford University Press, pp. 68-93.

1998 "Medical Holism - the Context”, in C. Lawrence and G. Weisz, eds., Greater than the Parts: Holism in Biomedicine 1920-1950, Oxford University Press, pp. 3-24.  

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